Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes just one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we're still at the mercy of nature.
--Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Nobel Prize in Physics, 2014, was awarded jointly
to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura
for the invention of efficient
blue light-emitting diodes
which enables bright, energy-saving white light sources
According to a PBS News report:
The second round of enrollment under the nation’s Affordable Care Act promises to be tougher than the first. Many of those eager to get covered already did, including those with health conditions that had prevented them from getting insurance in the past.
About 30 million to 40 million people remain uninsured in the United States, according to various surveys.
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The U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition with deadly consequences.
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WORD FOR TODAY
An LED (light-emitting diode) is a two-lead semiconductor light source. It is a basic pn-junction diode, which emits light when activated.
(born October 8, 1970)
Matt Damon is an American actor, voice actor. His career was launched with the success of his and Ben Affleck's award-winning screenplay, Good Will Hunting (1997)
(born October 8, 1949)
Sigourney Weaver is an American actress. She is known especially for the lead role of Ellen Ripley in the four Alien films: Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection. She is also well known for her roles in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl, and Avatar.
(born October 8, 1943)
Chevy Chase is an American film and television actor. He was a key cast member in the inaugural season of Saturday Night Live. Chase is well known for his portrayal of the character Clark Griswold in four National Lampoon's Vacation films, and for his roles in comedies including Foul Play, Caddyshack, Seems Like Old Times, Fletch, Spies Like Us, and ¡Three Amigos!
(born October 8, 1956)
Stephanie Zimbalist is an American actress best known for her role as Laura Holt in the NBC detective series Remington Steele.
"Clutter is the disease of American writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills, and meaningless jargon."